A Woman Who Fears the Lord
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
I often find myself scrolling through Instagram, comparing myself to other women, thinking, "I wish I had her body!" or, "Why can’t I be as pretty as she is?" As expected, this negativity can really start to control the way I view myself.
The truth is, those are not the comparisons I should be making. What if instead of scrolling on our phones wasting our days comparing ourselves to worldly illusions, we pulled out our Bibles and starting comparing ourselves to our Savior in Scripture?
Proverbs 31 paints the virtues and characteristics of a godly wife. Although some of you may not be wives, I believe we can all take this verse to heart and strive to model that picture. So what does “fear” in this sense mean? It doesn’t mean we are afraid of God. Fearing the Lord means having the utmost respect for our Creator; we are so in awe of His greatness we no longer flee from Him, running towards sin. Instead, we cling to God knowing He will forgive and extend grace to us daily.
There will always be someone prettier, with better hair or eyebrows, but a woman who has the fear of the Lord in her is to be exalted. That is true beauty.
My prayer is that we stop comparing our outer beauty to other women and start comparing our inner beauty to Christ. Let’s rest in knowing we are His—sin no longer has a toll on us.
Heavenly Father, help me to know materialistic things will never satisfy my deepest longings, only You will. Put the fear of You in me, and help me to strive to be a godly woman daily. Amen.
What does it mean to be a godly woman who has the fear of the Lord? Go back to Proverbs 31 and write down the characteristics it portrays. How can you strive to be more like those?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raegan is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the director, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.